In Review: All About African Mango Seed Extract…

There are plenty of ridiculously delicious mangoes round the world, mangoes so sweet they make you want to cry like a baby and call out for your mummy. There are also several varieties of mangoes in Africa.

However, this particular African mango, known as Irvingia Gabonensis, or wild/bush mango, apparently has something extra special going for it. You see, its seed is said to contain an extract with certain beneficial properties. It is this extract that’s contained in Pure African Mango Advanced.

So what does African Mango seed extract do?

Apparently, the ingestion of the seed extract can aid weight loss. A study was conducted on the extract, the results of which were published back in 2005. Forty people who were overweight were selected for the study. Of those, some consumed 1.05 g of the extract half an hour before eating a meal (three times a day), while others consumed oat bran at the same time before their meal. The meals taken were low in fat for all subjects. All had a daily intake of 1800 calories.

Four weeks later, it was found that all had lost weight, which is a good thing. However, and this is a noticeable ‘however’, the ones who had taken the extract lost approximately 5.6% of their body weight (compared to the others who lost 1%). That’s a 4.6% difference.

Coincidence? Or not?

Wait, the 2005 study has a cousin? For real?

In 2009, a similar extract study was conducted, this time for 10 weeks, involving more people (102) and an intake of 350mg each time. By the end of the study, the seed extract consumers had lost 2 stones compared with those that hadn’t taken it (1 pound loss).

The pros. The yays! :)

From the studies and several comments left around the internet by people who’ve tried African mango (seed) extract, the following appear to be the case:

  • It can aid in weight loss
  • Some people have reported it suppresses their appetite
  • It’s high in fibre which means you feel fuller for longer
  • Causes a decrease in body fat
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Side effects are said to be mostly mild

The cons. The boos. :-(

  • There are so many different African Mango products out there, it can get confusing. Not all of them have the same ingredients either. Some may have a high concentration of Irvingia Gabonensis, while others may contain a lower dosage of Irvingia Gabonensis along with a cocktail of other additions, additions which some people may be allergic to or have an intolerance of. So please read the label for ingredients.
  • Like a lot of food supplements/pills, African Mango products do not come cheap.
  • Though side effects are generally mild, they are side effects nonetheless and therefore still uncomfortable. Some people have experienced flatulence (add embarrassing), headaches and some sleeplessness.
  • With popularity comes increased chances of opportunism. Beware.
  • Fat cells contain a hormone known as leptin. Leptin is obsessed with anything to do with the appetite (and metabolism). The higher the leptin levels, the less we feel like eating. The lower it is, the more we feel like eating. Now here’s the thing: part of the 2009 study revealed Irvingia Gabonensis actually lessened the amount of leptin in the body. However, people in the study still lost weight.

    Perhaps the extract has the ability to suppress part of leptin’s functionality. It could be a possibility. However, it might not rule out the possibility that the presence of leptin in the body might eventually decrease to a point where hunger pangs return with such a vengeance that you feel like eating the moon and everything in its path. Hence why this is in the con part. We don’t know what could happen if they dip that low.

  • What if the subjects of the study weren’t on a low-fat diet? How much weight would they have lost? We don’t know. (p.s.: this isn’t an out-and-out con, but it’s not exactly a pro either.)

Everybody’s unique…

Though African Mango seed extract appears to have had positive effects on several people, everybody’s body is different. What might work for Susan might not work for Suzie Sue. On the one hand, it might work for you. On the other hand, there is no guarantee, even with the results of studies, that it will. There are people who’ve tried it and haven’t lost weight while others have lost a significant amount. Then there are those who’ve lost a few pounds every week. Bear that in mind.

African Mango, meet low-fat diet. Now shake hands…

If you do decide to take Pure African Mango Advanced, consider doing so as part of an overall health plan. It probably doesn’t work solely on its own. Either that or the benefits won’t be as apparent. As you can see, the people in the study were on a low-fat diet.

On medication/pregnant?

If you’re giving thought to trying the extract, please consult your doctor first if you’re on any medication/have a medical condition (e.g., low blood pressure). Also, it might not be the best time to try it for those who are pregnant or nursing. A trip to the doctor can clarify that.

How much does Pure African Mango Advanced cost? And where can I buy it?

Pure African Mango Advanced costs £29.99 and is available for purchase here:

It comes in capsule form, with 60 capsules to a bottle. At their recommended intake of two capsules a day, there’s enough per bottle to last you about a month.
There’s also a 7-day diet plan included for free.

About Ajogbe

I’m an artist, blogger and mango lover (fanatic, I tell you). I’ve always liked finding out about different things. It’s the polymath in me. As such, I enjoy writing reviews as it taps into that. So here I am. :-)